Putting the Professional Back in Professional Development

Data Driven http://www.nsdc.org/standards/datadriven.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students uses disaggregated student data to determine adult learning priorities, monitor progress, and help sustain continuous improvement.
  • Consider your specific school's data
Question: What do you know about your data right now that should inform your planning for next semester? Choose a content area and grade level.

Leadership http://www.nsdc.org/standards/leadership.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students requires skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement.
Question: Who needs to be involved in your pro dev program? Are you "in sync" with leadership goals and directions?

Designs and Strategies http://www.nsdc.org/standards/strategies.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students uses learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal.
Learning
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students applies knowledge about human learning and change.
Question: How will you address adult learning styles in your pro dev?

Quality Teaching http://www.nsdc.org/standards/qualityteaching.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students deepens educators' content knowledge, provides them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepares them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately.
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Question: Where does your pro dev fall on the chart?

Resources http://www.nsdc.org/standards/resources.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students requires resources to support adult learning and collaboration.
Learning Communities http://www.nsdc.org/standards/learningcommunities.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students organizes adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the school and district.
Collaboration Skills http://www.nsdc.org/standards/collaborationskills.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students provides educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate.
  • Ning.com
  • Blackboard/Moodle
  • Wikispaces/Google Docs
  • Twitter
Question: What resources are available to support your design and strategies? What collaborative tools might be useful to support ongoing learning?

Evaluation http://www.nsdc.org/standards/evaluation.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students uses multiple sources of information to guide improvement and demonstrate its impact.
Question: What is your plan for ongoing evaluation?
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Research-Based http://www.nsdc.org/standards/researchbased.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students prepares educators to apply research to decision making.
Question: Is there research available to support your pro dev program?

Equity http://www.nsdc.org/standards/equity.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students prepares educators to understand and appreciate all students, create safe, orderly, and supportive learning environments, and hold high expectations for their academic achievement.
Question: How will you encourage thoughtful conversations about equity in light of student achievement? Do you know of any particular issues related to equity?

Family Involvement http://www.nsdc.org/standards/family.cfm
Standard: Staff development that improves the learning of all students provides educators with knowledge and skills to involve families and other stakeholders appropriately.
Question: Are you helping teachers use tools to facilitate family or stakeholder involvement?